Dr Nicola McGarrity

Dr Nicola McGarrity is a Senior Lecturer in Public and Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, and the Director of the Terrorism Law Reform Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She has published extensively on Australian and comparative anti-terrorism law and policy, with her most recent publications being Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Anti-Terrorism Law (2018, co-authored with Dr Jessie Blackbourn and Ms Deniz Kayis) and Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials (2014, co-authored with Professors Andrew Lynch and George Williams). Nicola's particular area of expertise is in the prosecution of terrorist suspects; this has been developed not only through Nicola's research but also her experience as a barrister at the New South Wales and Victorian Bars. Most notably, Nicola spent the second half of 2010 appearing as defence counsel before the Victorian Supreme Court on behalf of one of five men accused of planning an attack on Holsworthy Army Barracks. Nicola has worked with a range of community and political organisations on advocacy campaigns relating to the reform of Australia's anti-terrorism laws and is often called upon to give background information and interviews for the hard copy and electronic media.

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Blackbourn J; Kayis D; McGarrity N, 2018, Anti-terrorism law and foreign terrorist fighters, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351605441

Davis F; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2014, Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203517451

Davis FF; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2013, Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism, Routledge

Journal articles

McGarrity N; Williams G, 2018, 'The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations in Australia', Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 30, pp. 216 - 235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2018.1432200

McGarrity N, 2013, ''Let the punishment match the offence': Determining sentences for Australian terrorists', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 2, pp. 18 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i1.87

McGarrity N, 2013, 'Let the Punishment match the Offence: determining sentences for Australian Terrorists', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 15

McGarrity N, 2013, 'The Criminalisation of Terrorist Financing in Australia', Monash University Law Review, vol. 38, pp. 55 - 86, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=309216714044705;res=IELHSS

Williams G; McGarrity N; Gulati S, 2012, 'Sunset Clauses in Australian Anti-Terror Laws', Adelaide Law Review, vol. 33, pp. 307 - 333

Burton L; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2012, 'The extraordinary questioning and detention powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 36, pp. 415 - 469, https://www.inslm.gov.au/sites/default/files/submissions/02_-_mcgarrity_and_williams_annexure_a.pdf

McGarrity N, 2011, 'Fourth estate or government lapdog? the role of the Australian media in the counter-terrorism context', Continuum, vol. 25, pp. 273 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2011.553946

Williams G; McGarrity N, 2010, 'Counter-Terrorism Laws in a Nation without a Bill of Rights: The Australian Experience', City University of Hong Kong Law Review, vol. 2, pp. 45 - 66, http://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/CityULR/doc/full_text/02.1.03_McGarrity_and_Williams.pdf

McGarrity N, 2010, 'An Example of Worst Practice? The Coercive Counter-Terrorism Powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation', Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 4, pp. 467 - 484, http://www.internationalconstitutionallaw.net/download/3cfc9dc8bab2837b52b43428259005ce/ICL_Journal_Vol_4_3_10.pdf

McGarrity N, 2010, 'Testing our counter-terrorism laws: The prosecution of individuals for terrorism offences in Australia', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 92 - 127, http://legalonline.thomson.com.au.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/jour/resultDetailed.jsp?curRequestedHref=journals/CRIMLJ/volumes/34/parts/2&contentSourceHref=journals/CRIMLJ/volumes/34/parts/2/article

McGarrity N, 2009, 'Errors in the anti-Charter campaign: The need for public education about human rights', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 11 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X0903400102

McGarrity N, 2009, 'Calling a Coup a Coup: Judicial Authority versus Political Reality in the Fiji Islands', Public Law Review, vol. 20, pp. 178 - 193, http://legalonline.thomson.com.au.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/jour/resultDetailed.jsp?curRequestedHref=journals/PLR/volumes/20/parts/3&contentSourceHref=journals/PLR/volumes/20/parts/3/articles/178/

McGarrity N, 2009, 'Case Note: Qarase v Bainimarama', Public Law Review, vol. 20, pp. 16

Lynch A; McGarrity N, 2008, 'COUNTER-TERRORISM LAWS How neutral laws create fear and anxiety in Australia's Muslim communities', ALTERNATIVE LAW JOURNAL, vol. 33, pp. 225 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X0803300407

Williams G; McGarrity N, 2008, 'The Investigatory Powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol. 21, pp. 244 - 279, http://www.lexisnexis.com.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/au/legal/results/pubTreeViewDoc.do?nodeId=TAALAAC&pubTreeWidth=23%25

McGarrity N, 2008, 'Review of the Proscription of Terrorist Organisations: What Role for Procedural Fairness?', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol. 16, pp. 45 - 66, http://legalonline.thomson.com.au.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/jour/resultDetailed.jsp?curRequestedHref=journals/AJADMINL/volumes/16/parts/1&contentSourceHref=journals/AJADMINL/volumes/16/parts/1/art

Book Chapters

McGarrity N; Blackbourn J, 2016, 'Anti-terrorism laws and Human Rights', in Weber L; Fishwick E; Marmo M (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, edn. Routledge International Handbooks, Routledge, New York, pp. 136 - 145

Davis FF; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2015, 'Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law: Australia’', in Roach K (ed.), Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law, Cambridge University Press, pp. 650 - 682, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107298002

Davis FF; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2014, '‘Mapping the Terrain’', in Davis F; McGarrity N; Williams G (ed.), Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism, Routledge, pp. 3 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203517451

Mc Garrity N; Williams G, 2014, 'From covert to coercive: A new model of surveillance by intelligence agencies', in Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism, pp. 234 - 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203517451

McGarrity N; Santow E, 2012, 'Anti-terrorism laws: Balancing national security and a fair hearing', in Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy, pp. 122 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139043793.008

McGarrity N; Williams G, 2010, 'When extraordinary measures become normal: Pre-emption in counter-terrorism and other laws', in Counter-Terrorism and Beyond: The Culture of Law and Justice After 9/11, pp. 131 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203849897


McGarrity N; Williams GJ, 2016, Submission to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Inquiry into ASIO Questioning and Detention Powers, Australia

McGarrity N; Hardy KA; Williams GJ, 2014, Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry into Counter-Terrorism Legislation (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014, Australia

McGarrity N; Williams G, 2013, Submission (with Nicola McGarrity) to Senate Standing Committee on Employment and Education ‘Inquiry into the provisions of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013, Australia

Williams G; McGarrity N, 2012, Submission to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee ‘Inquiry into the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011’, Australia

Williams G; McGarrity N, 2012, Submission to NSW Department of Finance and Services ‘Inquiry into Just Terms Compensation Legislation’, Australia

Williams G; Blackbourn J; Davis F; Goh J; Hardy K; McGarrity N, 2012, 12. Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry into Potential Reforms of National Security Legislation, Australia

Williams G; Burton L; McGarrity N, 2012, 11. Submission on ASIO Powers to Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Australia

McGarrity N; Williams G, 2011, Submission to Australian Communications and Media Authority ‘Public Consultation on the Reform to the Anti-Terrorism Standards’, Australia

Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Human Rights Law; Terrorism and Law; Police Powers; Covert Search Warrants; Counter-Terrorism Laws; Anti-Terrorism Laws; Law Reform; Procedural Fairness; Natural Justice; Guantanamo Bay; Constitutional Law; Freedom of Speech; Terrorism Trials; Australian Building and Construction Commission; Charter of Rights; Bill of Rights; Bikie Gang Laws; Proscription / Banning of Groups; High Court